Friday, 17 February 2012


HP have announced their new all-in-one workstation, the Z1. Sporting flashy animated intros showing off the iMac style machine brimming with high-end components behind that 27 screen. With all the workstation machines we use in FBE, it will be interesting to see how well this slots into our lineup. We do get Xeon processors and can spec in bunches of RAM and various HDD options. I like the speed boost we are seeing in our beefy laptops from the SSD with larger spindle drive for data in there as well.

Graphics-wise we max out at the 4000M, which you might think I might find a little underdone for a 'desktop' - as in it has the M (mobile) version of the NVIDIA chip. But that would actually be fine if we couldnt already spec our HP 8760W laptops to the uber 4GB 5010M and it is (more) portable as well.

A few promo images from HP:

[HP Z1 promo images via the HP site]

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Vids - Avengers and Heart of the Swarm

Trailers play such a critical role in the hype that must be generated by media like games and films. So companies spend a huge amount of effort (and $$) making them for us. Trailers are little pieces of art all by themselves drawing on snippets of info often long before things are ready for us.

This post is perhaps just an excuse to feature a few that I think get the hype working for their respective titles, but they are cool examples.

The Avengers
With the mighty Joss Whedon at the helm, and a rollcall of superheroes all coming off an unprecedented suite of build-up films - the Avengers is as big as this genre gets. So is this itty trailer from the Superbowl successful? We get flashes of all the signature actors, the famous costumes and the chaos that they are assembling to take on. We dont see much else, but it certainly highlights that this movie is all about a team of uber heroes - that is how big this threat and this film experience is going to be. At least that is the message.

Starcraft 2 - Heart of the Swarm
The next title in the Starcraft II trilogy will get here at some point (Blizzard dont rush these things), but they can build the excitement as well as anyone. Here we get the stunning signature CG trailer elements mixed with gameplay previews. This is the perfect trailer for this game, it enhances the lore that Blizzard has at the heart of the title while showing off a suite of additions to the complex gameplay already available. (I would have preferred them not to take units away though - oh well)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


So, a bunch of us have decided to go back into RTS land and though there were other options we are following the fanatical Koreans into the world of Blizzard's Starcraft 2. This post is just to show people some matches with commentary that show how well supported this game is as a sport with all the views of the players as they go about their work.

There are lots more of these videos - explore they are super!

PLUS GoodGame is on again - right now in fact

Monday, 13 February 2012

DU CityEngine Lumion

I love those Digital Urban guys, they have always explored cool engines for city and architectural simulation and rendering. New post from them has a super fast CityEngine build then rendered in Lumion.

[Digital Urban working with CityEngine and Lumion]